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One woman sitting in church. The sun shines through the window to the left of the church.

Over at the liberal Huffington Post there’s an article titled “6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying To People Who Doubt” written yesterday by one of their associate editor name Carol Kuruvilla.  I’m struck at how many millennials are in the leadership and staff at Huff Po.  This girl just graduated college in 2011.  There’s nothing in of itself wrong with youth but I think sometimes their immaturity shows itself (note: I’m a Millennial myself).  In this particular piece the author wrote clearly what the intent of her post is:

here are 6 things I wish Christians would stop saying to people who are doubting their faith.

I’m sure some Christians can sometime say the wrong thing to those who doubt.  Some of the things mentioned in the article also made me cringe.  Though I cringe at time for different reasons than the reason the writer presented.  For the Christian the thing that’s most important is being biblical.  So in my post I want to biblically evaluate this Huff Po Religion piece.  I do so because she’s specifically targeting Christians and Christians must be biblical in how they engage with others.

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Adopted into God's Family Trevor Burke

Trevor Burke.  Adopted into God’s Family.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 24th, 2006.  233 pp.

How much do you know about the doctrine of adoption?  The author Trevor Burke definitely made a contribution towards the biblical doctrine of adoption in writing this book.  In the first chapter Burke noted how this doctrine has been misinterpreted and misunderstood.  He gives examples of how those in the field of systematic theology have made the mistake of equivocating adoption as the same thing as justification or have confused regeneration with adoption.  Burke also argued that it isn’t just systematic theologians who have erred for he also faults those who have been imbalanced in their focus on the background cultural material.  While Burke acknowledges that cultural background is important it should not be the predominate focus.  The writer does talk about the cultural background in understanding adoption but he does go back to the Scriptures to see how Scripture itself is describing our spiritual adoption.  As readers will discover in this work, the biblical description of adoption, while it presupposes the social understanding of adoption of the time, is also different: God’s adoption is far better and a contrast with what man does since spiritual adoption shows much deeper God’s amazing love.

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